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Brewed by Wells & Youngs
Style: English Strong Ale
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 1275   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottled, Pasteurised.
This dark golden coloured ale hugs the palate with great intensity. Its malty aroma is complemented by the gentle nose of Banana. Its flavour unfolds with a sensual sparkle and a smart crispness, which balances its aroma perfectly. Tropically fruity; its ripe banana flavour, emphasised by a hint of bitterness, comes from the addition of real fair trade bananas and finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.
2005 Recipe changed from 5.5% to 5.2%


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2002
I like the taste, like liqueur, but the palate is unfortunately not very much like the taste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2004
Pasturised bottle from a local off license. Sweet banana flavoured beer, not good.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
joergen (20664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
Bottled. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of bananas and grass. Flavour of bananas with notes of grass and hops. Hoppy finish. Not as cloying as the other banana beers I’ve had, but bananas and beers are a bad combination !

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pilsnerrogge (2491) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2006
Dark amber coloured with a weak head. Artificial banana aroma. Quite sweet banana flavour with notes of honey and dough.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tranquillity (1410) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 568ml bottle, fridge-temp. Colour ruby, cognac. Small head that turns into a cloud. At first the aroma has some banana in it, but after some sniffs it starts smelling more and more of chemicals. Pleasant on the palate, turns into foam in the middle. The aroma is strong on hops but the banana is less evident, just like in the case of Young’s Double Chocolate. Interesting, once.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2007
not as sweet as feared, but a bit weak and watery. a diluted version of something that might have initially been interesting.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bov (9467) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2007
clear amber colour and a little fading foam; phenolic with strong notes of banana; sweet and slightly tart with a moderate malt body; slightly dry finish with hints of caramel and banana

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Pours a light amber color with thin white head that fades quicklt. Aroma is of unripened banana and light frassy hops. Taste is much the same with a one sided flop of banana. Blech! I guss there is a market for this crap but not me. To try this, mush a banana in you bud light and enjoy.

2.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ant880 (39) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Being a huge banana fan I was definitely excited to try this beer. It was very, very disappointing. The aroma is definitely heavy banana with some spice undertones. Body is extremely thin and carbonated to the point of negatively affecting the taste. If this beer was a well made stout, porter or even a brown ale with a fuller body it would probably be delicious. Instead it tastes like a Bud with a banana jammed into the top of the bottle.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Sampled at Forest City in CT. Appears dark gold with a clear body and large head. Aroma of banana cream pie and fine sugar. This beer starts with sweet malt and ripe banana but comes unraveled by the mid-palate, which is a watery, minerally, and semi-bitter mess. Finishes with slight bitterness and hardly any lasting impression.


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